Hillary Clinton Emails Declared “Top Secret”

Hillary Clinton Emails Declared “Top Secret”
Hillary Clinton Emails Declared “Top Secret”

Twenty-two emails sent through Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server while she was secretary of state contained government secrets, US officials say.

The State Department said the messages were “top secret” and could not be released, BBC reported.

Spokesman John Kirby said the emails were not marked classified at the time they were sent.

Clinton’s use of a personal email as secretary of state has dogged her bid for the US presidency.

Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2016 election, has been under fire for using a private computer server for work emails while in office.

On her request, thousands of those emails have been released by the State Department. But this is the first time her messages have been labeled classified at any level.

Her campaign reacted angrily to the announcement, demanding that the emails be released in full.

“This appears to be over-classification run amok,” it said in statement. It comes three days before she competes in the Iowa presidential caucuses—the first time the public will cast their votes in the run-up to November’s election.

Messages were marked “top secret” because they would cause “exceptionally grave” damage to national security if disclosed, the State Department said.

Intelligence officials told AP that the 37 pages being withheld concerned so-called “special access programs”—clandestine projects such as drone strikes or government eavesdropping.

It was unclear whether Clinton sent “top secret” messages or only received the information. Previously, sensitive information has been redacted from the published messages, but Kirby said the “top secret” emails would not be released, even in part.

Clinton’s opponents have accused her of putting US security at risk by using an unsecured computer system.

The presidential hopeful has admitted that her decision to use a private email server at her New York home was a mistake.